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Sikhs in Education

Chaz is the Community Development Manager with Fata He, a community based social enterprise organisation, working to eliminate inequalities faced by BME groups in Plymouth. Working with Prisons, schools, local community groups and businesses Chaz provides individually tailored educational programmes which promote racial harmony and positive community cohesion. Previously a successful retail manager Chaz has been able to apply and share his knowledge within the wider community. His approach is innovative and he is passionate about education whilst maintaining his Sikh identity and values. He is probably the most recognised and visible Sikh in the South West.


Tejinder is a particle physicist at Imperial College London and at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. He is distinguished for his contributions to experimental particle physics. In particular, starting with a handful of colleagues in 1990, he was responsible for setting up the worldwide CMS experiment collaboration. This is one of the two largest and most complex experiments in science with over 3000 scientists and engineers from about 180 institutes in over 38 countries. Professor Virdee has been a leader of the CMS experiment since the early nineties.


The Singh Twins are internationally exhibited artists who are acknowledged for creating a unique genre in Contemporary British Art through a pioneering revival of the Indian miniature tradition. Their award winning work engages with important areas of critical debate, challenge cultural stereotypes and redefine generally accepted narrow perceptions of heritage and identity in art and society. As artists, curators and writers who have achieved global media acclaim they have made a significant and unique contribution to education through publications, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and films, earning them amongst other things, a place in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History.

Sikh Lifetime Achievement

Fauja Singh holds the 10,000m record (64 mins - Lahore Marathon January 2005), 1/2 Marathon (2 hrs 29 mins and 59 secs) and the Marathon record (5 hrs 40 mins and 1 sec) both at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September 2004 and September 2003 respectively. 94 year old Fauja Singh was to run 100m, 200m, 400m, the mile and 1500m, and a 3000m continuing on to finish the 5000m. Six races covering eight distances in a time limit of 94 mins. Impossible? – nothing is impossible for the ex-farmer from the Punjab ! Fauja Singh clocked 19.97 for the 100. In the 200m he obliterated the UK M90 age group 200m clocking an amazing 45.13sec. The 400m he covered in 1.49.28sec, to become the first in Briton ever to contest this distance.


Joginder Singh was born in 1932 in Kericho, Kenya. He took up rallying at the young age of 26 driving a VW beetle to 9th place in his very first attempt in the East African Safari Rally, the world’s toughest man and machine test. He drove for VW dealers, Cooper Motor Corporation to 5thplace in 1962 and a Fiat 2300 in 1963 to 4thplace. In 1964 Joginder drove a left-hand Lincoln-Mercury Comet and managed to bring the car round to the finishing line. He was the 1st Sikhs to win an International Motor Rally, he had a unique record of competing in 22 Safaris and finishing 19 times. He has been the East African  Rally Champion in 1965,70,75, Kenya Rally Champion in 1966,67,69,70,75,77 and the Motor Sportsman of the Year in 1970 and 76.


The first female Sikh Baroness in Waiting to the Queen. The first Sikh lady to sit on front benches across both Houses of Parliment. Baroness Verma was promoted as the Minister for International Development, Minister for Equalities and Women and also the Whip in the Cabinet office, in the House of Lords, on 20th May 2010. She was also promoted as Shadow Minister for Children, Schools and Families in the House of Lords on 4.12.2008. Promoted as Shadow Minister for Universities, Innovation and Skills in 2007.

Sikhs and Charities

Ravinder Singh was born in Singapore and grew up in Panjab. His childhood memories are of carrying out Sewa (selfless service) in his local village during almost all religious events and celebrations. In April 1999 the Sikhs around the world were celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa Panth and at the same time there was a vicious conflict in Kosovo. Ravinder Singh felt the real message of Sikhi and the great example of Bhai Ghaniyia Ji was kept within the walls of the Gurdwaras and launched an aid mission for the Kosovan refugees. This was the birth of Khalsa Aid, the first Sikh Cross-border humanitarian organisation.

Sikhs and Seva

Dr Manjit Kaur is a health practitioner and has worked within the community for over 20 yrs. She has been deeply touched by the suffering of fellow human beings and has always set out to help them in which ever way she can. She has presented on various TV & radio stations to raise the profile of health and religious affairs within the Sikh community. Six years ago she travelled out to Kenya to help build clean water supplies with irrigation system for people living in Kenya. In Africa she also travelled to Uganda and set up safe farming areas for families so they could grow and develop their communities. She is now working with local families and hospitals in India treating illnesses, promoting Sikhi and setting up and educational programme for children.


Gurjit Singh Gill was born in Kenya in 1960, educated in Panjab, qualified as a Production Engineer from Chandigarh he moved england in 1988. He started a voluntary Panjabi Community Centre, leading to the development of multiple Panjabi Organisations. He took the initiative to start CEDF Panjabi School, recognised by London Metropolitan University and CILT as one of the best organised Panjabi teaching Organisations in England. The BTEG case study in “SIX OF THE BEST” research project brought CEDF national recognition. His main aim is to promote the Panjabi language and Sikh religion, encouraging the next generation to be proud to be Sikh.


Pream Singh Channa son Jaginder Kaur Channa and late Fouja Singh Channa was born in India 1943. He grew up in a town called Tarn Taran. Then he moved to the UK in 1967. For the last 30 years he has run his own convenience store. In 1990 he first visited Sri Hem Kund Shahib with his teenage daughters. It was a very overwhelming experience it completely changed his life he felt this inner motion to visit again with god’s blessing. Relatives and friends have requested that he organize annual trips to Sri Hem Kund Shahib as they have all been educational to all ages and extremely fulfilling he has since have organized an amazing 14 trips taking 6-60 people and he is continuing with this Seva.

Sikhs in Business

Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani founded Britain’s fastest growing major nutraceutical company 39 years ago with a portfolio of UK’s No. 1 brand leading supplements, including Pregnacare, Perfectil, Osteocare, Wellman and Wellwoman. Kartar, a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, with a doctorate in medicinal chemistry, has built his business on his patented scientific innovations.  The company now sells its products in over 120 countries. In the UK, over £60m worth of products are sold through retail chains, at Boots and nationwide. Dr Lalvani’s group employs over 2000 worldwide with a global turnover of over £200m and further double-digit growth is forecast.  Vitabiotics is a private family business and has twice won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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Dr Rabinder Buttar is a highly successful British entrepreneur and the founder, President and CEO of ClinTec International. Included in Real Business’ List of Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women, Dr Buttar is the recipient of several prestigious business awards, such as Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and The Institute of Directors (IOD) Director of the Year for Glasgow & the West of Scotland. ClinTec has a growing presence in the major markets of Europe, India and the Middle East. Dr Buttar has a PhD in Immunology, which she gained in 1988 from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Dr Buttar received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland for her 20 years contribution to Life Sciences.


Born in east London Sharon Kaur founded Sahara Homes Limited in 1997 opening a 4 -bedroom home in Forest Gate to provide residential care for women with learning disabilities. Following the success of this home Sahara expanded rapidly with two larger care homes in Forest Gate, and then others in Redbridge and Barking followed, most recently, by the acquisition of a 40- bed care home in Bristol. A safe, caring and loving home should be the right of any individual with special needs and this is provided in Sharon’s homes both for long-term and respite care. The reassurance this offers to residents’ parents, families and friends is inestimable.


With over 14 yrs of contribution to the recruitment profession and helping the community back in to work, Simply raise the bar in all aspects of the recruitment process. Kavita Kaur Jnagal & Rani Kaur Uppelle felt the need to build a recruitment agency which could offer cutting edge opportunities. Kavita and Rani say - Its been a emotional Journey, a experience and a achievement in itself. They have worked hard to create a pioneering customer experience at Simply and are passionate about improving customer skills and are working towards becoming the first femaleʼs to achieve Education, Training and Recruitment, all as one opportunity.


International business financier, Jojar S. Dhinsa first came into the public eye in 2002, but from an early age, Jojar always had a keen eye for business deals and was a natural entrepreneur. He started business life very young and quickly progressed to become the international financier and venture capitalist. He started an exporting business and that allowed Jojar to capitalise on and further develop his natural talent for driving a good business deal. Jojar had begun building a reputation and business network that later would lead to the successful foundation of the Athlone Group a $5.5 Billion company where he is the Chairman and CEO. The company is involved in humanitarian projects around the world.


Edinburgh born, Tony Singh has established himself as a leading force on the Scottish restaurant scene as co-founder and head chef of Oloroso, the highly acclaimed restaurant in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city. For over 20 years, Tony has pushed the boundaries of culinary innovation, combining his Sikh upbringing with his love of Scottish produce. Tony is a member of the country's leading bodies including the Academy of Culinary Arts, the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Scottish Chefs Association and the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Visit Scotland have recently named Tony as one of the chosen few "Real Scots". He is now an ambassador for Scotland and all things Scottish.

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Sikhs in Entertainment

Harcharanjit Singh Rapal ( Channi Singh) was able to change the entire face of punjabi music not only in the uk but around the world by fusing eastern and western influences, going on to create a new sound and pioneering modern bhangra music. Channi Singh is the founder, lead singer, composer, song writer and music director of the world renowned asian bhangra band "ALAAP" who pioneered morder bhangra music all over the globe. A true pioneer of British bhangra music.


Jaswinder Singh Bains, aka Jazzy B was born in Punjab and was raised in Vancouver, Canada, a transatlantic superstar who has introduced a fresh new image to the world of Bhangra music. Since his debut album in 1993, has become one of the most important names in the Punjabi music world. Jazzy B is one the most prominent stars of Punjabi music in the 21st century, having proved his credentials with a string of worldwide smash hit songs.


Over forty countries have already witnessed the live performances of Malkit Singh. His fan base keeps on growing from strength to strength as he encompasses an audience of all ages. Malkit has maintained his true Punjabi image throughout his career, which people have respected and can look up to him as a role model. Having successfully recorded 22 albums, He has also been recognised in the Millennium Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'Best Selling Bhangra Solo Artist in the World’. More recently, in 2008 Malkit became a Member of the Order of the British Empire after receiving an MBE from the Queen for his Services to Punjabi Music, making him the only Asian artist to have received this honour.

Sikhs in Media

Dr Gurjeet Kaur Bains is Editor in Chief of Britain’s first English/Punjabi publication, The Sikh Times. Amongst her other accomplishments is the role of Non Executive Director of Europe’s largest hospital, she is also Governor of a consortium of colleges in Birmingham. Gurjeet was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Aston University. Gurjeet was the first woman to Chair the Institute of Asian Businesses. She is CEO of Women of Cultures and founder of British Asian Hafta, an initiative that celebrates the success and contributions of the Asian community to Britain. Gurjeet strives to be a positive role model and mentor.


Teji Singh, a media and property entrepreneur, is one of the first women in the UK from an Ethnic minority background to have launched a full service International Marketing Company, Sterling Communications. With offices in London, Mumbai and Toronto, Sterling has an outstanding portfolio of public, private and corporate clients. Teji has raised the share of voice for Sikh and diverse communities within the media and society, promoting issues and projects that were once perceived as too niche to a wider audience. Sterling is also recognised as the first communication agency to take Indian cinema to the global mainstream. Teji continues to challenge stereotypes surrounding the 'role' of Ethnic women, demonstrating the ability to succeed.

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Sikhs in Sports

Satnam Dhillon has played polo all his life from the first time he could walk to bicycles to horses. His father started playing in his early thrities and Satnam has had the fortune to follow in his fathers footsteps. Satnam is now rated as one of the top four rated english polo players, but Satnam unlike any other player on the same 7 goal handicap he plays as a professional / amature as he his employed full time in the family property firm. Currently he is also the highest rated indian player in the game. Satnam also plays for england and is part of the england squad.


Ashpal Bhogal is a Leeds based schoolgirl and has made it through several months of rigorous assessment to earn her place in the 18-strong England team. She has excelled at every age group in the England Hockey new single system. She is the first-ever female player of South Asian descent to be selected for the national side at any level Bobby Bhogal, her father, has single handedly coached Ashpal, since the age of 6. Bobby is an England Junior High Performance Coach and current England Masters International. We are proud to be Sikhs and encourage the Sikh youth to participate in sport.


Kiran started golf at the age of 11. In 2004 and 2005 she was Faldo Series girls English Amateur champion and in 2005 was the runner up at The Welsh Ladies Stroke-play Championship. Following her victory in the 2006 English Amateur Championship, Kiran represented GB and Ireland in the Curtis Cup.  She turned pro with a handicap of +4, the lowest in the UK.  In 2007 she became the youngest ever European Tour member, and managed to finish top fifteen in five events during that year. Her top 5 finishes in Finland and Denmark were enough to clinch the Volvo Cross Country Challenge and place her 29th on The European Tour Order of Merit. She is currently competing on the Ladies European Tour where she has had 2 top 25 finishes this season.